Perhaps #ScottAshley could quit spreading ungodly lies long enough to do #SelfExamination prior to Passover and repent of his slander.
Hidden in the midst of slander is sometimes a grain of truth. UCG’s Scott Ashley’s excoriation of James Malm recently contains the gem that the split was over power rather than any change of doctrine. What he didn’t state, so ever conveniently, was how power hungry the UCG COE was, and apparently still is given his attitude. Ashley seems to forget how low of an opinion God carries towards fools — those who act and behave as though He does not exist, thinking they can act with impunity.
Of course, it was UCG who wielded their power by forcing resignations of ministers in spite of promising they could stay on, even serving Harold Rhodes resignation papers while still in the hospital. They were so totally against the previous administration that they forced a revote of the move to Texas (in spite of already owning property there) and then forced those in favor of it out of office and eventually out of the organization altogether. Dennis Luker even called for a “peaceful separation” because their lust for power was such that no dissent would be allowed.
If there were charges that UCG was changing doctrine, it was because they were giving that impression themselves. It was quite obvious from their “Sabbath Paper“, as it came to be known, as well as their subsequent elevation of John Elliot that they would reward only those who toed the party line. The decisions of the COE was all that mattered, and the Bible was secondary, not to mention how to treat one another. They beautifully orchestrated their desired shedding of those who did not make an idol out of governance and hid behind bylaws in order to only retain those who would value the leadership position above God’s.
While I’ve heard rumors from time to time of those in COGWA who would use a heavy-handed approach, I have not witnessed it firsthand. I would say that there is a definite lesson to be learned from the split about the emphasis upon worshiping government and manmade traditions to those would so soon forget, however. Those who left for that reason once could do so again.